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Of local note: All-Region honors for soccer, volleyball

 
Stanford goalie goalkeeper Andrew Thomas (left), forward Amir Bashti, midfielder Logan Panchot and defender Tanner Beason were named to the All-Region team. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Stanford men's soccer forward Amir Bashti, defender Tanner Beason and goalkeeper Andrew Thomas were named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region first team and midfielder Logan Panchot earned a spot on the third team as announced Wednesday. It's the first all-region selection for each. All-America teams will be announced later this week.

Also an All-Pac-12 first team pick, Bashti finished sixth in the league in scoring and fifth in points with a career-high seven goals and six assists. The senior twice earned Pac-12 Player of the Week awards following a brace against Delaware on Sept. 16 and a two-goal, two-assist weekend to begin conference action in late September against San Diego State and UCLA. Bashti played in 88 matches during his career, scored 19 goals and had 13 assists.


Tanner Beason/Stanford Athletics
Beason, one of 15 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists, put together a brilliant redshirt junior campaign in which he was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the first in conference history to receive both honors. He led the Pac-12 in both goals (6) and points (15) in conference matches and had career-high totals of eight goals and five assists.

Thomas, a redshirt freshman, had a superb first season in goal for the Cardinal, which finished eighth in the nation in team goals against average (0.625). Thomas was ninth individually in that category with a conference-leading 0.626 goals against average and also was third in the country in save percentage (.854), sixth in solo shutouts (11) and 13th in total saves (82). He made a career-high 11 stops in Stanford's third-round scoreless draw at Saint Mary's on Nov. 25 and stopped the Gaels' first penalty kick in the shootout, which the Cardinal eventually won 4-2.

Panchot, who started every game last season at right back, moved into the central midfield this season and contributed a goal and two assists in 18 appearances.

In addition to its fifth straight conference championship, Stanford went 12-4-5 overall this season and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive December.

Women's volleyball

Menlo College's Maggie McDonald and Sofia Salim were named to the All-Southwest Region Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. McDonald earned her second such honor and Salim was named for the first time.

McDonald averaged 3.11 kills per set, a career-high, and a mark that ranked fifth in the conference. She led the Oaks in hitting percentage among qualifying candidates, and has shown versatility this season with a career-best 245 digs, nearly three per set, which led to multiple early-season double-doubles. She was named the GSAC's Attacker of the Week on September 17 and finishes her career with 912 kills, third in program history.

Salim finished the season with a strong push that netted her All-GSAC honors for the first time in her career, and AVCA honorable mention honors. She concluded the regular season with five consecutive double-digits kill performances, giving her 67 kills over her last five matches. She had 246 kills on the season, a career-best. She also recorded career-bests in kills/set, hitting percentage, blocks, and digs. Salim was named the GSAC's Attacker of the Week on November 5 for a 13-kill effort.

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